About Me

My name is Andy Opie and I am living in Bangkok, Thailand. My wife, Christina, and I serve with Foursquare Missions, sharing God’s love with the Thai people in word and deed. I am also the father of a beautiful little girl, Eliana.

We will share the ministry compartment of our life on the ministry page.

My story needs a lot more space than this page, and maybe I will sit down and write it out soon. I have a life touched by the grace of God. I came to know him as a child. I couldn’t tell you the specific time I started this relationship, as I don’t ever remember not knowing our creator. As a child I lived life to the fullest enjoying sports, playing outside and enthusiastically taking to all aspects of life and friendship. I loved sports, playing them, watching and talking about them. In high school, I started working at newspaper writing about sports, even getting to go to the Notre Dame/USC game and watching from the press box the fall after graduating high school.

Out shortly after that, when I was 20 years old, I started to lose my eyesight from Leber’s Optic Neuropathy, a disease that kills the optic nerve. Basically, my eye works normally, but the picture doesn’t get to the brain. It is like a broken cable between the TV and the signal leaving what I see as completely fuzzy. My world was rocked. God was so gracious and close to me in this situation, suffering with me as I walked through the pain. He provided a great family for me to support me, a loving church and good friends. It was not easy. People ask how my faith was affected, and I told them I was shoved into maturity. I grew up fast, and threw my life into God’s hands.

I knew God called me to serve him with all of my life. Now, I felt like my life was broken and couldn’t imagine how that would look. I remember one night while visiting a friend at his youth group, God spoke to me. I said, God you will have to heal me, or you will use me as I am. God has not healed me yet, but He has used me over the past 13 years. I finished Bible College in 4 years after that. I served as youth pastor and now as a missionary in Thailand.

Some things I have done and places of study

* Life Pacific College 98-02

* Youth pastor and associate pastor at New Life Christian Fellowship in Laguna Niguel, CA ’02-07

* LA and San Diego Marathon, March ’07 and June ‘07

* Missionary with Foursquare Missions ’07–present

* Wheaton College for Masters ’10 –present

16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Pingback: jasonruggles.com »  God’s Work in Bangkok

  2. We were happy to read about Andy and his wife Tina and about what God is doing in their lives.We are also happy that Jason and April will have friends such as Andy and Tina.God likes to bring together people of like minds.We will add your names to our list of people to pray for.

  3. I love your site. Keep it up !

    • DEAR MY BROTHER
      JASONRUGGLES
      GREETINGS TO YOU IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
      iam samuelbabu pastor doing GOD s works among the rural area and poor people in india my church name emmanuel belevars prayer pls prayer for me i have a hope help the rural area and poor people honor childran home s and old mother less and widows mome s my goal and future plan pls prayer for me my friend .thanks christ in bro .samuel babu .pastor

  4. Hi, my name is Alexis and im doing a missionary project. The vernons recommended you and i wanted to know if you would be able to help me in any way..?if you cant that’s ok but your time is greatly appricated.

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  6. Hi, My husband and I have been in missions to the First Nations people of Canada for 9 yrs. He lost his right eye to a detached retina in 2002, and now is losing the rest of his vision. It is a very scary thing. Just asking for some prayer. We are not supported, and now he is wondering how to take care of his family. It will be interesting to see what God does.

  7. “About Me Musings on Missions, Life, and God” was
    indeed a good blog. If perhaps it possessed alot more pictures this would definitely
    be even far better. All the best ,Emily

  8. What exactly gives you the hubris to believe that your version of a fairy tale is better than their version of a fairy tale?

  9. Dude, you’ll have to update your “about me”–you have your Masters now and are back in the USA! 🙂

  10. Oops–please delete my previous comment; thanks.

  11. Hi,

    Where is your church in Bangkok?

    Regards,

    • Greetings,

      Actually, I need to update the story here. I am no longer living in Bangkok. However, the church goes on with wonderful Thai people there. The church is on Ramkhamhaeng 30/1

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